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  1. News - World - SYRIA

    US confirms American carried out Syria suicide bombing

    Posted May 31st 2014, 11:01am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Washington First American suicide bomber in Syrian war An American fighting for a hardline Islamist group carried out a deadly suicide bombing, US officials said, in the first such case in the war. The confirmation came amid growing fears over the flood of foreigners into Syria, with no end in sight in the three-year war that has already left 162,000 people ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1522478/us-confirms-american-carried-out-syria-suicide-bombing
  2. News - World - SYRIA

    Syrian children suffering from ‘brutal’ health care methods, says charity

    Posted Mar 11th 2014, 10:31pm by AP

    ... and fractures. The doctor says they need complicated operations that cannot be performed in his small facility. "In some cases, we have to cut their limbs off to try to save their lives, because ... adding that many like measles, diarrhoea and respiratory illnesses would be preventable by a functioning health system. The charity says a total of 26 measles cases were reported in Syria ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1446562/syrian-children-suffering-brutal-health-care-methods-says-charity
  3. News - World - SYRIA

    Experts doubt US claim Assad's forces launched deadly August sarin attack

    Posted Jan 16th 2014, 11:04pm by NYT

    ... assumptions that government forces carried out the attack. The conclusions of a team of security and arms experts suggest that the case US officials initially made for retaliatory military action ... development proves decisively that Syrian government forces did not fire the chemicals that killed hundreds of Syrians on the morning of August 21. US officials continue to insist that the case ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1407154/experts-doubt-us-claim-assads-forces-launched-deadly-august-sarin-attack
  4. News - World - SYRIA

    Syrian minister blames polio outbreak on 'jihadists' from Pakistan

    Posted Nov 04th 2013, 09:10pm by AP

    ... confirmed 10 polio cases in northeast Syria, the first confirmed outbreak of the disease in the country in 14 years, raising a risk of it spreading across the region. The confirmed cases are among babies and toddlers, all under two, who were "under- immunised," according to the World Health Organisation. The agency is awaiting lab results on another 12 cases showing polio ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1347597/syrian-minister-blames-polio-outbreak-jihadists-pakistan
  5. News - World - SYRIA

    UN increases Syria vaccination efforts amid polio fears

    Posted Oct 25th 2013, 09:12pm by AFP

    ... in the country and across the region against polio”. Last weekend, the WHO warned that Syria might be facing its first outbreak of the crippling disease since 1999, after two suspected polio cases were ... is that these suspect cases will likely be confirmed, and everyone is in outbreak response mode”. The highly infectious disease affects mainly children under five and can cause paralysis in a matter of hours. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1339920/un-increases-syria-vaccination-efforts-amid-polio-fears
  6. News - World - SYRIA

    Obama officials step up lobbying of Congress members over Syria strike

    Posted Sep 09th 2013, 12:00am by NYT

    ... children, and that a strong response was needed to deter the future use of deadly chemicals. As a top White House official made the case for a strike during a series of TV interviews yesterday, ... address tomorrow night, his chief of staff, Denis McDonough, began making the White House's case during interviews on five talk shows yesterday, saying the Obama administration was already ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1306399/obama-officials-step-lobbying-congress-members-over-syria-strike
  7. News - World - SYRIA

    UN aid chief demands Security Council action on Syria access

    Posted Oct 26th 2013, 04:09pm by Reuters in New York

    ... there are any minimal cases here and there [of problems], that wouldn’t affect the overall picture of our co-operation with OCHA,” he said. Amos said kidnappings of humanitarian workers and hijackings ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1340462/un-aid-chief-demands-security-council-action-syria-access
  8. News - World - SYRIA

    US and Britain agree Syrian used sarin in chemical attacks

    Posted Sep 05th 2013, 12:00am by NYT

    ... devastating. As they emerge from unclassified and classified briefings, members of the US Congress say the Obama administration's case against the Assad government is convincing and leaves them with little doubt that it was responsible for the attacks. Even those most conscious of the intelligence errors that preceded the invasion of Iraq concede that this case is different. Iraq was about ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1303485/us-and-britain-agree-syrian-used-sarin-chemical-attacks
  9. News - World - SYRIA

    Syria chemical weapons inspections ‘to start next week’

    Posted Sep 27th 2013, 07:01pm by AFP

    ... Director General Ahmet Uzumcu can deem claims of hidden chemical weapons “unwarranted”. In cases of non-compliance with the plan, which sees all Syrian chemical weapons and facilities destroyed ... it says, calling also on Syria to provide “immediate and unfettered right to inspect any and all sites.” The OPCW shall “as soon as possible and in any case not later than October 1 (Tuesday) ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1319309/syria-chemical-weapons-inspections-start-next-week
  10. News - World - SYRIA

    CIA expands training programme for US-backed militias in Syria

    Posted Oct 04th 2013, 12:00am by WASHINGTON POST

    ... factions with hardline Islamist agendas and, in some cases, ties to the al-Qaeda terrorist network. The CIA was "ramping up and expanding its effort", said a US official familiar ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1323739/cia-expands-training-programme-us-backed-militias-syria

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